ECOL 309


Course overview

You’ll cultivate your knowledge of the science of sustainable agriculture. You’ll focus on current issues facing the agricultural environment and the role of ecosystem functions and services. Then look at alternative approaches to ensure the sustainability of future farming practices.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 75 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • a minimum of 75 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course

Available semesters Semester 2 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $969.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Explain the role of biodiversity and ecosystem structure and function in production systems.
  2. Describe the opportunities, benefits and advantages of incorporating ecological knowledge into modern agricultural practices.
  3. Assess the economic and environmental value of ecosystem service suppliers, their role and status.
  4. Understand the implementation of rigorous experimental designs in a practical argoecology study.
  5. Collect data, analyse results and interpret the findings from an experimental agroecology study.
  6. Communicate coherent, justifiable arguments of agroecology, their values, benefits and limitations.

Course examiners

Nick Dickinson

Professor Nicholas Dickinson


Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences